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Night Owl

Night Owl

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Late Night Classics

At the end of a long day, and on into the night, this lovely album of relaxing music will help banish those cares and worries and promote a calm and tranquil atmosphere. A Nocturne, some Moonlight and some gentle adagios, harp, piano and orchestra, create a peaceful world of sound.

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Night Owl
Late Night Classics

At the end of a long day, and on into the night, this lovely, relaxing album of great music will help banish those cares and worries and promote a calm and tranquil atmosphere. A Nocturne, some Moonlight and some gentle adagios, harp, piano and orchestra, create a world of sound far removed from the business and pace of the day.

1 The Young Prince and Princess from Scheherazade
Nicolai Rimsky Korsakov 1844-1908
The Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Bystrik Rezucha
2 Adagio sostenuto from 'Moonlight' Sonata
Ludwig van Beethoven 1770-1827
Martin Souter, piano
3 Softly Awakes My Heart
Camille Saint-Saëns 1835-1921
Sarah Hill, harp
4 Nocturne
Mikhail Glinka 1804-1957
Elinor Bennett, harp
5 All in the April Evening
Hugh S Roberton 1874-1952
The Victoria Singers conducted by Sarah Tenant-Flowers
6 Adagio from Violin Concerto No1
Max Bruch 1838-1920
Ruggiero Ricci, violin, The Bochum Symphony Orchestra conducted by Matthias Kuntzsch
7 Clair de Lune
Claude Debussy 1862-1918
Martin Souter, piano
8 Greensleeves
Henry VIII
Jon Banks, recorder
9 To a Wild Rose
Edward Macdowell
Martin Souter, piano
10 Intermezzo from L'Arléssiene Suite No2
Georges Bizet 1838-1875
The Baltic Festival Orchestra conducted by Yun-Sung Chang
11 Minuet in A
Luigi Boccherini 1743-1805
Sarah Hill, harp
12 On Wings of Song
Felix Mendelssohn 1809-1847
James Gregory, flute & Martin Souter, piano
13 The Swan
Camille Saint-Saëns
Reine Flachot, cello & Walter Bohle, piano
14 Dreaming
Robert Schumann 1810-1856
Martin Souter, piano

Cover image: Owl on a magnolia branch Kubo Shuman (1757-1820)/Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK/Bridgeman Art Library
This compilation p & C 2006 Classical Communications Ltd
Made in Great Britain

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Night Owl
Late Night Classics

How often have you watched a film, or a TV programme, or even an advert, and wondered what the lovely music in the background was? How often have you turned on the radio in the middle of a piece of music and heard the strains of a melody that you have enjoyed over and over again without ever knowing its name? It's happened to all of us. Now some of your guesswork is over. For all of you who enjoy old favourites, for all who might like to discover new ones, we bring you a programme of familiar, much-loved classical and light classical melodies to relax and enjoy at the end of the day.

This is the perfect music to enjoy by candlelight - whether you are late night relaxing or sitting down at the table for a special dinner with friends - or just someone special. No matter what your mood, our anthology will fill you with a deep glow of satisfaction and contentment. These are melodies that will never lose their freshness and their universal appeal - music that will bring back a lifetime of cherished memories.

As you sit back and listen, one glorious refrain after another will greet you like an old friend: passionate outpourings from Max Bruch and the divine adagio from his first Violin Concerto (for a number of years, it topped the Classic FM Hall of Fame) or Rimsky-Korsakov and the touching and sensuous 'The Young Prince and the Young Princess' from his Symphonic Suite 'Scheherazade'.

Although the appellation 'Moonlight' was not of Beethoven's choosing, the famous first movement of his sonata captures so exquisitely a lovely evening bathed in moonlight, as does Debussy's poetic and tranquil 'Clair de Lune'. That most serene of English hymns, 'All in the April Evening', movingly reflects on the Crucifixion whilst Schumann's touching and yearning 'Dreaming' ('Traumerei') lulls us gently to sleep.

Night Owl is a cornucopia of melodies, moods and memories: cherished souvenirs that evoke times, places, loved ones and friends. One such souvenir must surely be 'To A Wild Rose', written by the American composer, Edward MacDowell. It most deservedly merits a place in the treasury of immortal piano favourites. In the early years of the last century, it would have been in the programme of any pianist worth his or her salt to delight family and friends at drawing-room soirees. With the passing of time, this idyll of utter serenity has lost none of its charm.

Beloved of sopranos in Victorian and Edwardian drawing-rooms, Mendelssohn's setting of the German writer and poet, Heinrich Heine's poem 'Auf Flügeln des Gesanges' ('On Wings of Song') is imbued with an exquisite languor, perfectly attuned to the poem's mood.

Let us cast a spell of sheer enchantment over your evenings with some of the most beautiful music ever written. We invite you to enjoy some of the most soothing and relaxing of sounds, each drawn from the imagination and innovation of great composers - supremely tuneful and familiar music, golden popular melodies, each a timeless favourite. Night Owl is mood music of the highest order.

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